The #WeAreEELISA series is back with another episode!
Through interviews with representatives from each one of the EELISA institutions, as well as campus video tours led by students, the #WeAreEELISA campaign aims to shed a light on the microcosm of the alliance.
This time, we have the pleasure of counting with Simone Cirelli to guide us and give us an insider’s view of the Italian Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
Let’s dive in!
Q. Your university is a member of EELISA. Can you briefly introduce your university to us?
A. Sant’Anna School (SSSA) is an esteemed institution located in Pisa, Italy. The school focuses on advanced education and research in the fields of social sciences, life sciences, industrial engineering, and law.
Sant’Anna School is known for its excellence in providing interdisciplinary education, fostering innovation, and promoting a collaborative and international learning environment. The school offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs that combine theoretical knowledge with practical experiences, encouraging students to actively engage in research projects and real-world applications.
Additionally, Sant’Anna School offers a comprehensive scholarship program to support students financially. The scholarships cover various aspects, including room and board, a yearly stipend, funds for international travel, and the opportunity to attend specialized courses or workshops.
Q. What is your personal connection to EELISA?
A. I have been student representative of SSSA since the beginning of the project. During this time, I have had the privilege of interacting with students from various European universities and participating in international projects.
Q. “Together is better than alone” – Why should in your opinion universities work together in an alliance like EELISA?
A. Universities should work together in alliances like EELISA because collaboration brings numerous advantages. It allows students to connect with like-minded peers, expands their networks, enhances language skills, and fosters a sense of European citizenship. Additionally, alliances facilitate research collaborations, interdisciplinary approaches, and resource sharing, leading to greater impact and innovation.
Q. What does EELISA mean for your University? And how does EELISA enrich your university’s community?
A. EELISA ameliorates my university as it provides opportunities for students to engage in international projects and establish connections with esteemed professors from across Europe. Moreover, students are able to broaden their academic horizons, fostering a holistic approach by participating in multidisciplinary activities.
Q. What would you wish for the future development of EELISA?
A. For the future development of EELISA, I would wish to see further expansion and deepening of collaborative initiatives among member universities. This includes strengthening research collaborations, promoting joint educational programs, and facilitating student and faculty mobility across institutions. Additionally, my wish is to see increased opportunities for students to actively create and promote projects.